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File:Shankaracharya of Puri.jpg|thumb|H.H Jagadguru Swami Nischalanada Saraswati, The Shankaracharya of Govardhana matha|Puri '''Shankaracharya''' (IAST: ''Śaṅkarācārya'', Shankara acharya) is a commonly used title of heads of monasteries called mathas in the Advaita Vedanta tradition. The title derives from Adi Shankara, an 8th-century CE reformer of Hinduism. He is honored as ''Jagadguru'', a title that was used earlier only to Krishna. The popular view among historians is that there were four mathas (religious orders): * The ''Dakshiānmnāya Sri Sharada Peetham'' (main matha) at Sringeri Sharada Peetham in Shringeri, Karnataka. * The ''Uttarāmnāya matha'' (northern matha) at Jyotir Math in the city of Jyotirmath also known as Joshimath, Uttarakhand. * The ''Pūrvāmnāya matha'' (eastern matha), or the Govardhana matha at...
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